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TPD officer disciplined for dragging suspect

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This surveillance image shows TPD Officer Scott Van Treese dragging a suspect. This surveillance image shows TPD Officer Scott Van Treese dragging a suspect.
Sonya Mimmenger was arrested by TPD Officer Scott Van Treese. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo Sonya Mimmenger was arrested by TPD Officer Scott Van Treese. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo
Sonya Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing. Sonya Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Tampa Police have given a written reprimand to an officer who was caught on video dragging a woman in handcuffs across concrete.

The incident happened in October after Sonja Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing.

"He got out and grabbed my arm. I said 'Sir' and grabbed for my cigarette case and he threw me down on the ground and said he was going to hog tie you," said Mimmenger.

Mimmenger was taken to the Hillsborough County jail sally port but refused to stand-up.

"I wouldn't move. I didn't want to go there," said Mimmenger.

"He used bad judgment in that case. I think he thought that he was doing a good job as far as bringing someone to booking," said Major Diane Hobley-Burney.

"He took it upon himself because he wanted to do it independently. He thought it would take quite a bit of time to get someone to assist and that's why I say it was just bad judgment on his part," added Major Hobley-Burney.

Surveillance video shows the officer cut the ties on Mimmenger's legs, then drag her across the sally port to the booking area.

The officer Scott Van Treese has been with TPD since 2008. This is his first disciplinary incident.

Internal Affairs conducted an investigation into the video and determined the officer did not violate policy. Since the incident, additional policy has been added.

"When a officer is confronted with a situation like that again, that officer will be required to call for assistance and have a second officer there to assist in that situation," said Major Hobley-Burney.

After arriving at jail intake during the incident, Mimmenger was turned away and then taken to Tampa General Hospital by the officer. According the internal affairs report, a nurse at TGH said Mimmenger admitted to "faking her injury."

Mimmenger still faces trespassing charges.


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